No Meat Athlete + Buffalo Hummus Recipe



Today, I’m happy to share a new book by my friend Matt Frazier, creator of the popular blog, No Meat Athlete. I’ve been a big fan of Matt since the early days of my own blog (and of course a big fan of his popular t-shirts!). I’ve always admired his down to earth and approachable writing style and passion for fitness and health. He truly feels like a buddy when you read his blog. Matt can make anyone at any fitness level feel welcome in his space and his enthusiasm about a plant-based diet does just the same. You know how some hard core fitness blogs can make you feel like peeing your pants? Well, I’ve never felt that way reading Matt’s blog. [Ok, maybe there was that one time.] He truly makes health and fitness feel like something we can all achieve whether you are just starting out or shooting for an ultra marathon. Oh and did I mention he does it all while eating a vegan diet?

Matt’s first book, No Meat Athlete, hit the shelves this week (which also marks the beginning of his 40-city book tour!) and I’m so grateful to receive a review copy of his book and to participate in this virtual book tour. First, I’ll tell you a bit about the book and then I’ll share a recipe from the book below! You don’t want to miss this one.


Here are some features of the No Meat Athlete Book:

Section I of this book is all about Plant-based nutrition for athletes, including topics like:

  • Food and nutrition Philosophy
  • Getting Started: Creating a healthy, Plant-Based eating habit
  • Plant-Based nutrition for Sports: an In-Depth Guide
  • In the Kitchen: Basic Cooking Skills to Save You time, energy, and embarrassment
  • 55 recipes to Fuel Plant-Based athletes


Section II is called Running on Plants with topics like:

  • How You Can Learn to Love running
  • How to Make running a habit
  • Taking It to the next Level: advanced training techniques
  • Training for Your First (or Your Fastest) race


Matt also shares training plans for 5K, 10K, and half marathon races so you can get started right away!


As I mentioned, there is a recipe chapter in the book featuring 55 plant-based recipes geared towards athletes. These are the recipes that Matt and his family eat on a regular basis and you’ll find many quick and easy recipes in this chapter from Homemade Energy Gel to Cowboy Chili to Black Bean Brownies. Matt so kindly let me share a recipe with you today and let me tell you, it’s a GREAT one!


No Meat Athlete’s Buffalo Hummus

Printed with permission from the book No Meat Athlete by Matt Frazier. Excerpted by arrangement with Fair Winds Press. Copyright © 2013.

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Matt’s note: Of all the foods I missed when I went vegetarian, buffalo chicken was number one. It wasn’t so much the chicken I craved as the tangy, burn-your-lips spiciness of buffalo sauce. For a while, I just bought bottles of it and put it on anything and everything, but because most buffalo sauce is made with butter, that stopped working once I went vegan. Fortunately my sister Christine came up with this variation, which combines my favorite flavor with one of the foods I eat most often (hummus). Booyah. As with other hummus recipes, substitute the liquid from the can of chickpeas if you wish to avoid oil.

Yield: 2 cups

  • 1 can (15-ounces or 440 g) or 1 1/2 cups (246 g) cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (I used 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt – AL)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) tahini
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) hot sauce (I used Frank’s Hot Sauce – AL)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (90 g) jarred roasted red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (28 ml) olive oil or liquid from can (I used water- AL)
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste, for serving


1. Combine all the ingredients except the oil (or water) and cayenne. in a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine and then scrape down the sides. With the motor running, stream in the oil (or water) through the feed tube.

2. Continue to run the motor until you reach the desired consistency; I like to let it for for 5 minutes to get it really smooth.

3. Add more salt, lemon juice, or hot sauce, to taste, and then sprinkle with cayenne pepper before serving. Angela’s note: I also sprinkled it with cumin, smoked paprika, and more hot sauce.


Congrats again, Matt, on your new book! And good luck with the book tour. I wish you were coming to Toronto. :)

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1 LindseyMM October 4, 2013

Love this post! Listening to him on the Rich Roll podcast — he seems like such a great guy!


2 Amy @ The Little Honey Bee October 4, 2013

I wish Matt was coming to Toronto too!


3 Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies October 4, 2013

Wow, that hummus looks amazing! I’m pretty obsessed with buffalo sauce, but it’s hard finding things to put it on. I’ve always WANTED to learn how to run (but still really hate it) so I’m pretty intrigued by the second section of the book!


4 Emily - It comes naturally blog October 4, 2013

Wow! I love buffalo sauce, but am concerned about the sugar in shop bought. This looks like a great alternative! Thanks Angela and Matt, and good luck with the book!


5 Liz October 4, 2013

Love hummus…I’ve never tried buffalo sauce but I can’t wait! Thanks for sharing Angela and Matt!


6 Jen October 4, 2013

This looks incredible! Like Matt, I’ve missed buffalo chicken since going vegetarian… but it’s not the chicken I care about! I’m always looking for another excuse to use Frank’s hot sauce.


7 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 4, 2013

Ooh this sounds delish! I’m thinking a perfect base for my enchiladas! :-)


8 Liz October 4, 2013

Holy Cannoli, when did he go vegan?? Is that a recent thing?


9 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2013

I think since 2011? Maybe Matt can chime in if he sees this comment!


10 Matt Frazier October 9, 2013

Hey Liz, I’ve been vegan since early 2011. Angela was right!


11 Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} October 4, 2013

Yesss this looks perfect! I am a huge hummus lover, but my boyfriend isn’t really interested in it… I have a feeling that will all change when I make it buffalo-flavored! Making this tonight!


12 Joelle October 4, 2013

Looks delicious. My library has it on order, so I now have it on hold. By the way, anyone looking for another great way to use buffalo sauce should try lightly frying some strips of seiten and then at the end, add some Frank’s or other sauce. Then use it to make a buffalo seiten sandwich. Yum!


13 Kyle October 4, 2013

Hey Angela! It’s so funny you posted this because I just recently discovered the no meat athlete blog when I was searching for vegan pumpkin bread. I made his and it’s amazing!! So now I have just ordered 2 copies of his book on Amazon and I was pleasantly surprised to see Your cookbook is available for pre-order:). So I also pre-ordered 2 copies of your cookbook and I’m so excited to get it…. Eventually;). You are my absolute favorite blogger, thank you sharing all of your masterful creations:).


14 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health October 4, 2013

I love Matt’s blog. He’s vegan bacon is amazing! And he is so inspiring. I’m also a huge fan of hummus so I’ll have to give this a try. I’m already imagining the many different ways to eat it!


15 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 4, 2013

Congrats to Matt on his book! I remember reading his site in 2009 when my site was new and all-vegan back then. Love seeing bloggers turn their passion into books!


16 Katie @ The Almost Vegan October 4, 2013

I cannot wait to try this! And now I might need to rush out and buy Matt’s book! I love his blog and his writing style as well! I also love the note he wrote about this recipe – I feel the same way about buffalo chicken, I don’t miss the chicken but I miss the flavors!


17 M October 4, 2013

No Meat Athlete is quite fitting… I’m on a ‘special’ diet and really struggle to fuel much activity – I’m too busy prepping / shopping / cooking / baking / eating! Due to various health reasons and general health awareness, I cut back on a lot of things that form a ‘normal’ diet… I seem to have come to the conclusion that moderation is key – so I try and have a little of most things now – being conscious of where it’s come from etc. The problem is – it still doesn’t seem to be enough. Some vegans seem to have loads of nuts/ nut butter, for example, but I just feel uncomfortable having anything in excess… Fats are obviously a great source of calories, but now I’m learning that a lot of people are swearing off oils – or only coconut oil… I’m a little lost, and as you may relate, Angela, it can be easy for being really focused on food to lead to some kind of disorder – I’m trying to keep my balance on this tightrope every day… Any help would be much appreciated! So glad you’re doing well x


18 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2013

I think you have the right approach M – moderation sounds like it helps you feel balanced. I have heard of the no oil thing too and I personally have NO desire to cut oil out of my diet. Each person has to do what works for them…so keep that in mind and do what makes YOU feel best. Just my two cents.


19 Randi (laughfrodisiac) October 4, 2013

Hummus is my #1 food, and I put Frank’s in pretty much everything. So I am definitely making this! Thanks for sharing, Matt, & congrats!


20 Ting October 4, 2013

Oooh this gives me great ideas about how to switch up spices. Have you heard of Chinese Five Spice Powder? That might be a nice Asian variation on the classic hummus!


21 cindy October 14, 2013

Ting, did you try making it with five spice powder?


22 Alicia October 4, 2013

Your photography is stunning and that looks delicious. What kind of lens do you use? Also–it is my boyfriend’s birthday today and I’m making him your cinnamon chocolate cupcakes with spiced buttercream frosting and candied maple walnuts!

Happy Fall :)


23 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2013

Thank you Alicia! I use a Canon macro 100 mm 2.8. all the specs of my camera equip. are on my FAQ page if you want more info.


24 McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped October 4, 2013

Whoa! This hummus with my Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and I would be in Buffalo style heaven! This is a great recipe, and it’s nice to see Matt over here. I’ve been a fan of him for years!


25 Dani October 4, 2013

Very inspiring stuff! Thanks for sharing Angela!


26 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 4, 2013

I wish Matt was coming to Toronto too! I love his podcast and listen to it all the time when I’m making food for the blog in my kitchen. This recipe sounds so delicious! I love my hummus with a good kick, and don’t know why I’ve never thought to put hot sauce in it!


27 Alex @ Kenzie Life October 4, 2013

My last boyfriend was a HUGE fan of buffalo flavored anything (wings, dips, whatever it was he would eat it) but he was also willing to try vegan food (and I got him hooked on Daiya!)…if only I had this recipe back then!


28 Anaika October 4, 2013

You should post natural skincare and makeup product ideas on here, it’s very hard to find quality natural products.


29 Katherine October 4, 2013

Yesss this looks delicious!! I put Frank’s hot sauce on everything from mock meat to vegetables. I wonder if my picky boyfriend would even like this…hmmm


30 Leetra@runningmylife October 4, 2013

That sounds amazing! I feel the exact same way about buffalo chicken… I don’t miss the chicken, I miss the buffalo :). And I love hummus! Thanks for sharing this!!!


31 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 4, 2013

Love this hummus!! Looks awesome!


32 Luv What You Do October 4, 2013

This looks soo good!
I am always excited to find new hummus recipes!


33 Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} October 4, 2013

I absolutely love Matt and agree wholeheartedly that he is down to earth and makes fitness and a plant based diet easily accessible to everyone.

This hummus is out of this world! I also miss that tangy Buffalo Sauce and love that it is combined with hummus, genius!

I can’t wait to get Matt’s book.


34 Claire (Eat Well. Party Hard.) October 4, 2013

Totally feel ya on missing buffalo sauce. Because it is the best flavor ever. And it deserves to be slathered over everything.


35 Bonnie October 5, 2013

Thanks for another great-sounding recipe that I will have to try, a blog that I will have to check out and a book that I will have to order (I have already pre-ordered yours and can hardly wait for it to come out).


36 Lorin October 5, 2013

It seems like making everything buffalo-sauce-flavored might be a new trend, which I’m really excited about! I’m looking forward to trying this recipe.


37 Tiffany October 5, 2013

Looks and sounds delicious! I love the bright, vibrant color of the hummus. And thanks for the info on Matt. Sounds like a good blog to follow/book to get!


38 Emily October 5, 2013

What an amazing looking humus recipe! I love buffalo anything! I often use it in Toffuti and non-dairy cheese recipes to make them taste more authentic. I wonder if this would still be the same without tahini? It’s the only ingredient I don’t have right now….maybe I could substitute something?


39 Amanda October 12, 2013

I’ve made hummus without tahini plenty of times and it’s still delicious. If you make it and feel like it’s missing that earthy, nutty somethin’ somethin’ try adding a little bit of peanut butter or other nut butter. :)


40 Catherine @ Chocolate & Vegetables October 5, 2013

This looks like an awesome recipe for my hot-sauce-on-everything boyfriend. I’ve been craving hummus lately too, will have to give it a try soon!


41 Heather October 6, 2013

I made this last night and I’m enjoying it for lunch today. I didn’t have roasted red peppers so I used half or a regular red pepper. It worked well. I added more Frank’s to the top, along with about a teaspoon of olive oil and some chili pepper flakes. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! Delicious!


42 Mikayla October 6, 2013

Buffalo wings are what I miss most about giving up meat! Can’t wait to try this hummus. Your photos are gorgeous, Angela, I can’t wait to get your cookbook! I love recipe books with a lot of pictures, and I’m assuming yours will be chock full!


43 Caitlin October 6, 2013

I’ve never had buffalo chicken (been vegetarian my whole life) but I recently discovered buffalo cauliflower with vegan sauce and oh my god, it’s amazing! This hummus sounds great! Saving that recipe to try. :)


44 Elizabeth C October 6, 2013

I made this… doubled the franks and added a little cayenne… it is SOOOOO YUMMY


45 Kathryn October 7, 2013

I did a superbowl cooking class last year and made a buffalo hummus. It was a hit! It is REALLY good on a veggie burger with avocado and tomato!


46 Ashley October 7, 2013

I have died and gone to hummus heaven, this is fantastic. Absolutely delicious, the whole family loved it!


47 Heather @ Better With Veggies October 8, 2013

When I transitioned to a plant-based diet, I read a LOT of Matt’s blog. He’s got a great style and makes it very approachable. :) I bet his book is just as good!


48 DavidB October 8, 2013

Love all the recipes. Unfortunately, this one, like most of them, is a nutritional time bomb of excess sodium. I know well enough to leave all the salt out of your recipes, and to avoid adding a tremendous excess of sodium from prepared foods like Soy Sauce and all of the other condiments containing sodium that are in the recipes. It’s a disservice to publish recipes that contain huge quantities of sodium. Today, this very day, 6,301 people died unnecessary deaths from consuming too much salt. It’s not just blood pressure that is affected by too much sodium. Many other diseases are caused by eating too much salt. Hundreds of studies confirm this. People who quote one bogus study that says it is OK to consume salt, because they want to continue eating too much salt, is foolish. It is unsafe to consume more than 1500mg of sodium a day. Look at the American Heart Institute website. 1,500mg is a little more than half a teaspoon a day of salt from all of your meals in a 24 hour period. A single slice of bacon can contain more than this… A tablespoon of Soy Sauce contains over 500mg of sodium. The average person in most first world countries consumes many, many thousands of milligrams of sodium a day, some days 10 times the safe level of sodium. Please help people reduce their over consumption of sodium.
Scientist and contributor to the 2012 James Beard Cookbook of the Year


49 Ann October 9, 2013

Never have we consumed hummus so quickly. Next time I may roast the garlic first.


50 Sharon @ Bit of the Good Stuff October 9, 2013

I’m a huge fan of Matt’s and so pleased to hear that his book’s been published. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Love your pics of the hummus. They’re stunning! My little boy is a hummus monster so I’m looking forward to trying out this new flavour on him. Thanks for sharing the recipe xx


51 Carolyn October 11, 2013

So awesome! The perfect heat of buffalo sauce, without the chicken. I’m loving this recipe.


52 Amanda October 12, 2013

That is almost the exact recipe my boyfriend and I make, except we use canned chipotles instead of hot sauce and add a couple drops of liquid smoke. We refer to this delicious dip as “crack hummus”.


53 Meredith October 15, 2013

Hi Angela, I read David’s comment (above) last week, and for some reason I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. I never comment on blogs, but I feel compelled to respond and encourage you.

I in no way take issue with David’s concern that sodium can be a huge problem in one’s diet, but we all need to make dietary choices based on our unique health concerns. You provide delicious and doable recipes made with plants and you thoughtfully include a variety of options for people with specific allergies or dietary needs. Even if a specific recipe isn’t nut free, for example, you are always happy to chime in with suggestions in the comments. Additionally, you have been very open and honest about your disordered eating and I know have encouraged many people on their path to recovery and health. In my opinion, you go above and beyond in helping people to make life-giving choices.

I also feel it is unfair to lump your readership in with the average first-world individual who consumes thousands of milligrams of sodium each day. We are vegans or vegetarians or people who want to reduce meat, dairy, and processed foods in our diets. We’re not eating bacon for breakfast, lunch meat on our sandwiches, and microwave dinners. I include one (if not more) of your recipes in my daily diet and I consume way, way less sodium daily than the American Heart Institute recommendation. I do not think I am unique among your readers. And if a Big-Mac lover stumbles onto your website from Pinterest and falls in love with one of your recipes – it’s a win! It is not your responsibility to be all things to all people. You are reaching your audience with your mission. You are saving people’s lives and animals’ lives. Keep up the good work!


54 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 15, 2013

Hi Meredith and David, Thank you for your comments. :)
Yes, salt is one of those things that is very much a personal preference. I’m a firm believer that recipes are not one size fits all. The beauty of a recipe is that it can be changed a million different ways! As for salt, Meredith, I too probably get less than I used to back in the day when I ate a lot of processed foods. Now when I buy something from a box (such as buckwheat crackers) it’s often salt-free and I rarely eat many pre-made items. If someone wants to cut the salt in my recipes I have no problem with it of course! I’ve also heard from readers who increase the salt in many of my recipes, so to each their own. :) hah. Thanks for weighing in.


55 Vivien October 21, 2013

I have been wanting to try make my own hummus for ages. I finally did and tried your recipe. It was amazing. No going back now!


56 Nickie October 22, 2013

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! this hummus recipe and I have made a LOT of hummus in my life. Thanks for the reprint and good luck to Matt!


57 Karla October 23, 2013

I’ve been making your buffalo hummus with zucchini instead of chickpeas and I’m obsessed! It makes for the perfect lunch with some carrots and celery or topped on a salad or in a wrap…you helped me find a way to enjoy “buffalo” sauce again!


58 Mandi October 24, 2013

This has got to be my favorite hummus recipe, yet! I made a double batch and mistakingly opened one can of chili beans instead of 2 garbanzo….so, I just drained them well and used them. Perfect!!! This is one my hubby and son will love, too! Thanks for the hint to run the blender about 5 minutes, too. It turned out very nice… and smooth :)


59 Claire October 26, 2013

Made this today and it was amazing! I pretty much followed the recipe exactly… used Texas Pete (plus a little extra). The smoked paprika in it almost tasted like liquid smoke – such a fantastic flavor! I will definitely make this often…. flavored perfectly and a unique, interesting appetizer! Thanks for another awesome recipe!


60 Sara DeJaynes November 1, 2013

Made this today!! Absolutely AMAZING!!! Thank you so much :)


61 Nalliah Thayabharan November 15, 2013

For hundreds of thousand years we survived on fruits, nuts, seeds, tubers and vegetable until we discovered fire and start roasting animals and birds. True carnivores born with built in tools like strength, claws, teeth and talons for capture, killing and devouring but we do NOT have them. We do NOT have hands that are designed for tearing into bellies of animals, but our hands are perfectly designed for picking fruits from trees. The strongest tough powerful animals like elephants, horses, camels eat only plant foods. Gorillas are 3 times the size of a man but 30 times stronger and they eat only leaves and fruit to produce all the protein they need.


62 Austin December 7, 2013

How long does it keep once prepared?


63 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2013

I would say up to 5 days or a bit longer!


64 Robin January 14, 2014

AHHHHHH!!!! I am beyond excited to try this recipe. My newly-trying-to-be-vegan boyfriend and I are obsessed with buffalo chicken, and I’ve been trying to find recipes to satisfy the craving. Seriously cannot wait to try this – thank you!!


65 Amber Shaus January 15, 2014

Just made this as my first attempt at home made hummus. I like hummus plenty but am absolutely over the moon for buffalo sauce. This is amazing.


66 Christi February 14, 2014

I’m a little late to the conversation, but I made this hummus the other day (my second homemade hummus attempt – the first one was a different recipe and a bit of a disaster) and it was AMAZING! I want to use the base recipe to try different flavor variations, but I doubt I’ll top the buffalo flavor. Anybody have any suggestions for some other intriguing flavors? I’m sick of the same old store bought stuff.


67 Tara February 22, 2014

Just made this, best hummus I’ve ever made! It is delicious. I added a few extra tablespoons of the Franks red hot sauce :)


68 Shannon March 16, 2014

This is so tasty! I too have missed the Franks in my life. I’ve already done buffalo cauliflower “wings” but this is a tasty alternative that I can dip all sorts of veggies in. Also, I just made this recipe two days in a row, it’s that good.


69 Sarah June 6, 2014

Hi Angela! I’m fairly new to your site but now I have to say I’m obsessed. I’m about to make a bunch of your granola bars and I just made this hummus — it is AMAZING!! It sounded spicier than I can handle so subbed 1 tsp Sriracha sauce for the hot sauce and cayenne pepper.


70 Maria June 22, 2014

Yum! Made this today!!!!! So yummy!!! I added more hot sauce and spices!
So goooood!!!!!!


71 Angela October 26, 2014

Great review. Thanks,Angela. I am from Peru. My husband, daughter and I are vegan,too. We have recently taken up Karate and it’s very demading. Our sensei used to tell us we need to eat meat and eggs in order to keep up with the training. That was at first since, now he doesn’t insist ´cause we have improved and shown we can endure as well as others, but we do need to eat more vegan stuff to help us get more energy and build some muscles. Your books and Matt’s will be a great addition to our library!


72 Lise November 14, 2014

MMM, I made this fabulous buffalo hummus last night and between me and the boyfriend it’s already half gone! It’s superb. I’m off to the supermarket for more supplies tonight!


73 Marianne November 17, 2014

This hummus rocks – at last a really good home made hummus! I have been trying for years to get it right; I’m so excited! Your great ideas and pictures have me addicted to your blog. I’m asking for your cookbook for Christmas and I want Mat’ts book for my marathoner son. Thanks Angela!


74 Find My Rice April 1, 2015

Great recipe. Would definitely share this!


75 Laura May 8, 2015

Wow! I just made this today and it was YUMAZING! You know those foods you kind of miss after becoming vegan? AKA Buffalo Dip? Well this just gave the original a major run for its money! So delish! I followed the recipe AND added about a tablespoon of nutritional yeast just to see if I could get a little more of the “cheesiness” factor- it worked! Topped it off with Angela’s suggestions. Will be making this all summer. Thanks to Matt and looking forward to more recipes! :)


76 Jeannie September 30, 2015

I can’t wait to try this! I want to make this to go with the baked tofu strips recipe, is there any way to thin it out without losing flavor to make it more of a hummus dipping sauce?


77 Karen Conorino January 5, 2016

We were vegetarian for a couple years & 2 years ago became vegan. This is our favorite hummus recipe, easy & SO YUMMY! I’ve made it so many times & always forget to let you know how fantastic it is, thanks!


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